Only Together We Can
Build a World Where EVERYONE IS Safe, Strong & Valued
Who We Are
Thomas Kishan Ananthan and Thivya Ananthan, the founders of Blue Magpie Foundation, both originally from Sri Lanka. Their parents fled the civil war in the 1980s when they were very young. They are now dedicated to helping people in crises around the world.
BMF’s trustees and ambassadors are a diverse group of individuals with strong ethics and unique backgrounds. They have a strong passion about making a difference and helping people in need. They are all from different corners of the world and truly international. Based in UK, France, Singapore, Canada and Thailand. They have fresh and innovative ideas.
We are a group of ordinary people capable of doing extra-ordinary things. Only Together We Can.
What We Do
— We Find & Fund
We identify vulnerable individuals and find sustainable solutions. We believe in helping them for the long term and not a quick fix. Our funding goes towards training, education and talent building. Our current beneficiaries are children and young adults.
— We Build Networks
We work on the ground and remotely with local organisations. We have a strong network of partners that help us reach out to more beneficiaries and help us understand local customs and traditions. We currently have a strong network in Sri Lanka, UK, Togo, Philippines and France.
— We Strengthen
We assess each beneficiary’s skills and potential and we strengthen them. Providing opportunities to help and improve their skills they already possess. We also organise talent shows to empower and showcase the children’s and young adults’ skills.
— We Educate
We strongly believe education is at the core of development. We spend a tremendous amount of time on education, making sure our beneficiaries have the right set of tools to tackle today’s society. We provide English classes as a second language as well as IT training.
— We Provide Care
We provide care by helping our beneficiaries through difficult times. During crisis such as post-war, Covid-19, natural disasters we make sure our beneficiaries are safe and have the basic means.
— We Consult
We work closely with other organisations where our skills can be utilised. We work hand in hand in order to provide the best possible solutions for the beneficiaries.
The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals
BMF is aligning itself with the UN's 17 sustainable development goals. Making sure its projects are within this world re-known framework.
As well as these 17 SDGs, BMF also ensures to support and include people with disabilities. Envision 2030.
Phoenix: empowering individuals that were disabled due to the civil war in Sri Lanka
This project started in September 2016.
BMF started this project in the Jaffna area with 8-10 beneficiaries. Focusing mainly on individuals that became disabled because of the war and are currently struggling to fit back into society due to their disability.
BMF first taught them English as a Foreign Language and then focused on teaching them web development skills. Using their newly learned skills, they will help local businesses to have a presence online for free. They created the website jaffnalife.com Businesses will have the option to pay to have a stronger presence. This will be paid advertising which will then be the income for the individuals.
They will ultimately become self-sufficient and financially independent.
Madduvil: empowering young adults in a rural area that was highly impacted by the civil war
This project started in September 2016.
BMF started this project in Madduvil, a small village in the Jaffna peninsula. BMF teaches English to children and young adults twice a week for two hours. Teaching about 50 children from the age of 5 to 21.
BMF also organises events in order for the children to express themselves and build confidence. These include singing contests, English and Tamil speeches as well as dancing among other performances.
The ultimate aim is to teach them programming skills so they can build mobile phone applications as well as web applications.
BMF strongly believes that the internet can help these young children in the long term in finding employment as well as giving them the opportunity to be more creative.
Goals of projects in Sri Lanka
Both of these projects, will not only relieve poverty but also have a positive impact on the local economy.
Once these initial projects are successful we will look to expand and help more individuals across the world following this model.
We are now looking into implementing similar solutions in the UK, France, Togo, Madagascar, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines.
Identifying individuals that are highly impacted by crisis including the pandemic Covid-19. If you know any individuals that are vulnerable and impacted by crisis in these countries, contact us and we will look into whether BMF can assist them.
BMF in action
Want to help?
If you like what we are doing and want to help, we would be very pleased to accept your donations.
Every donations counts. As we are a small charity we will take the time to explain to you how your donations will contribute towards our projects.
We are always looking for great people that would like to donate their time and/or skills. Get involved by contacting us.
We are currently looking for volunteers in the UK that would like to fundraise during the Christmas period. If you’re interested, please send us a message via the contact us form.
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